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Modern Slavery Bill Introduced to Parliament


Last week, the Home Secretary introduced a Modern Slavery Bill into Parliament.  The Bill sets out to ensure that the law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to stamp out this abhorrent practice. The Modern Slavery Bill contains significant new measures to ensure that victims are better supported and protected, not only to recovery from their terrible ordeal, but also to support effective investigations and prosecutions.  Specifically, the Bill will do this by: ensuring that victims are not prosecuted […]

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Overall crime has dropped 10% in Thames Valley


There has been significant good news in the Thames Valley Police Area of which Wycombe is a part. This record has been supported by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Conservative Anthony Stansfeld. Anthony has explained to MPs that: In the last year overall crime has dropped by 10% in the TVP area, the second biggest drop in the country. Burglary has dropped by 20%. In Reading it has dropped by over 40%. Rural crime is now taken seriously […]

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The Prime Minister’s statement on the Woolwich incident


The Prime Minister’s statement on the attack in Woolwich may be found here. He opened his statement: What happened yesterday in Woolwich has sickened us all. On our televisions last night – and in our newspapers this morning – we have all seen images that are deeply shocking. The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know: something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger. Today our thoughts are with the victim […]

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The appalling moral outrage of contemporary slavery


Last week, I attended a dramatic and distressing exhibition in the House of Commons highlighting the hidden nature of contemporary slavery. The exhibition, built by students from the Central St Martin’s College of Art, depicted the four different kinds of slavery hidden away in our society. Curtains, doors, drawers and tea chests concealed the stories and photographs of survivors. The survivors who shared their stories with the Human Trafficking Foundation to create the exhibition attended the opening. Among them was […]

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Book review: The Invisible Hook – The Hidden Economics of Pirates


Peter Leeson’s study of “The Hidden Economics of Pirates”, The Invisible Hook, is theoretically correct, thoroughly grounded in historical research and fun to read. From the jacket: Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss–it’s time to go a-pirating! The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates’ notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior. Why did pirates fly flags of Skull & […]

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